Gothamiad (1)
By: Chad Parmenter | Categories: Comics, Most Visited, Original Fiction, Poetry, Read-outs, Serial Fiction

Batman Leaves a Sonnet on Selina Kyle’s Voicemail

Your whip was at the crime scene. Break-in, there
at Gotham’s Petting Zoo. Cat burglary —
you took a cage of lynxes. Dawned on me
to search the floor for fur, and I found hair

too long and straight and dark, just like your stare;
been searching zoos, invading surgeries
at animal hospitals all night; I need
you to return my call. I swear

your alter ego’s name is safe with me.
I need it that way, need her to stay clear
and skylined on skyscrapers’ tips, to flee

from me, but not this far ahead. I’m near
now, on the fire escape. Pick up. I see
your shadow on the blinds. I hear your purr.


In the spirit of our Epic Wins series, Chad Parmenter’s cycle of Batman poems will be appearing through the week. Photo via Toronto History on Flickr.

EPIC WINS: SERIES INTRO by Matthew Battles | THE ILIAD (1.408-415) by Flourish Klink | THE KALEVALA (3.1-278) by James Parker | THE ARGONAUTICA (2.815-834) by Joshua Glenn | THE ILIAD by Stephen Burt | THE MYTH OF THE ELK by Matthew Battles | GOTHAMIAD by Chad Parmenter



Chad Parmenter received his Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Luther College. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harvard Review, and Black Warrior Review, where one won the Third Ever Poetry Contest.